Transgender athletes have been a hot-button issue worldwide. Meanwhile, transgender student athletes in New Jersey high schools have good news this month.
The State Interscholastic Athletic Association has approved a new policy. The new guidelines will make it easier for student athletes to change documentation to better reflect their gender identity. The onerous guidelines some schools were putting transgender students through are now gone.
Previously, students needed a doctor’s note or other official documentation in order to participate in activities that correspond with their gender identity. An example would be if a transgender student wished to participate in girls’ basketball or boys’ basketball. Now, they only need to notify the school administration of their identity. After notification they are able to participate in their own gender identity on the teams.